Sunday, March 3, 2013

The Art of Living Week 9: Being Happy

If your'e happy and you know it
clap your hands

Being Happy

Truly living rather than merely existing requires that you learn to be happy. I don’t mean faking it, or smiling until you feel like smiling, I mean being truly happy; so happy that when life does happen and you encounter the inevitable suffering, you are able to recover.
People have been researching depression for hundreds of years but in contrast, we have studied happiness for only a few. What we have learned in these few years though can have a great impact on how you live and how to live more fully.
Research shows that happy people are more productive, creative and healthy. Happy people live longer and are more active.
Most people seek happiness from outside of themselves, but true happiness comes from within.
We seek wealth, status and an external beautiful image without seeking ways to be more for ourselves and the world we live in.
If we were to look inside ourselves seeking personal growth, ways to better our relationships and community involvement, we will find happiness that is everlasting.
This week, I’d like you to design your own 401  Happiness Plan. Begin by looking for something you have an interest in. Find a class in your community or online and enroll in it. Get a book on a subject of interest and start learning.
Make the commitment to better your relationships, starting with the one with yourself. Take yourself out to a movie or concert and learn to like you again.
While working on yourself, look for a ways to do for others. What do you know or have that you can share? The things you no longer need are needed by someone else.
The knowledge you have acquired can reduce the suffering of many.
This week, I will share what I am learning about happiness and joy. I hope you will take the time to learn, be and become happier with me.

Be you, be well, be happy.
Bertice Berrry, PhD.

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